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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2018

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on May 8, 2018 by Andrew Lowry.

Present
Andrew Lowry, Dan Cramblitt, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Bron Sutherland, George Wolfson

Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for April 17, 2018 was made by Carolyn Jacoby, seconded by Bron Sutherland, and approved by all present.

Budget Update

Approximately $65,500 capital money is marked for trees; $3450 - $3500 for the consulting fee concerning tree wells in CBD is requested. Gator bags may possibly be provided by the tree planting contractors so that they would not need to be purchased.

Adopt-a-Tree

Dan Cramblitt suggested that the adopt-a-trees should be planted in the fall when street scape trees are planted after re-paving. All of the AaT species will be available and the AaT trees would be planted first. If done this way, the trees will be cheaper because they would be part of the street scape bid; the cost for all trees then would be approximately $45,000 rather than $65,000.

Dan Cramblitt, Carolyn Jacoby, Ian Keller, Nancy Bigos and Candice Fitzpatrick will meet next week to work on setting up AaT guidelines, FAQs, how to care for trees, water bag instructions, etc. to be given to AaT buyers.

Declan Madden checked the trees planted in 2016, pruned as necessary, and placed a door hanger on residents’ doors to advise them that their new tree had been checked.

CBD Tree Wells

The quote from Andrew Hillman of $3500 for consulting on the CBD tree wells is still good. Ian Keller and Andrew Lowry will work on sending Mr. Hillman the specifics of what the STC thinks needs to be done to improve the tree wells along with a map of the tree wells in the CBD. Because the quote is over $3000, three bids would be needed for the project. If the job were broken into smaller jobs spread out over time and costing less than $1000 each, bids would not be needed.

Ridgewood Agricultural and Environmental Club

RAEC from Ridgewood High School is looking for projects. If it is not already bid out to contactors, a possible project for them would be cleaning the CBD tree wells of weeds, ivy and trash and loosening the mulch. Also suggested is helping to move the nursery trees, using I-Canopy to count the trees in the village, and possibly watering downtown plantings. Carolyn Jacoby is working with RAEC.

Earth Day 2018

Earth day on April 22 was very successful and well attended. The STC needs to be better prepared for next year. If possible, we should plan on giving away tree whips to residents.

Tree Protection Ordinance

George Wolfson will talk individually to village council members about the tree protection ordinance. It has been simplified; the basic aims of the ordinance are to prevent clear-cutting, provide for replacement of trees that are cut down, and give the town arborist the final decision on the care or fate of village trees. It is imperative that the tree protection ordinance be passed soon.

Shade Tree URL www.ridgewoodshadetree.org should be working by the end of the week. Any email sent to the STC will be directed to Parks and Recreation and forwarded to the STC if relevant.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission
Meeting Minutes
June 12, 2018

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:38PM on June 12, 2018 by Andrew Lowry.
Present
Andrew Lowry, Mike Sedon, Dan Cramblitt, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, George Wolfson, Richard Stiga, Gary Cirillo
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for May 8, 2018 was made by Ian Keller, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all STC members present.

Graydon Tree
If a seed-grown descendant of the original sycamore on the island were to be used, it might possibly be a hybrid with another sycamore or a London plane tree or there could be other concerns with it. It was suggested that a disease resistant variety of elm be planted instead of a sycamore. In the past, there was another island in Graydon that contained an elm tree.
All STC members present agreed that the sycamore should be replaced with an elm. Declan Madden will research and choose a disease resistant elm variety. The type and size of tree that the STC recommends and why it is recommended will be presented to the village council for approval.

STC Google Groups
Because the STC Google groups for emailing is not up to date, it will not be used until it is updated with the current STC roster. In the meantime, individual emails will be used to communicate with STC members. It has been suggested that a new Google group be created which will be administered by Candice Fitzpatrick, office assistant, Parks and Shade Tree.
 
CBD Tree Wells
Individual shop owners are not required to fix the tree wells in front of their businesses. The village needs to remove the brick bands and cement collars. This should be done as soon as possible this fall and/or winter.
The four trees in the CBD which previously had their brick bands and cement collars removed and a drain added are currently OK. A more complex or technical improvement of the tree wells may not be necessary.
Andrew Hillman has agreed to come for one day and give advice on tree wells; his fee will be less than $1000. Four more trees will be planted following his recommendations.

Project Pride
Project Pride pays seasonal employees of the village to water the flowers and trees in the CBD. A schedule of what needs to be watered including the tree wells with drains needs to be created. Dan Cramblitt will email Gary Cirillo with the locations of the 4 new trees in the CBD so that they are watered appropriately. If there is a drought this year, the village council will need to make a special allocation to water more trees.

Nursery
There are approximately 120 swamp oak and red maple trees in pots. The new nursery site needs a water supply before these trees can be planted in the ground. These potted trees will need to be watered this summer. A timer and drip hose are needed for this; George Wolfson will set this up.

Adopt-a-Tree
An article about Adopt-a-Tree appeared in the Ridgewood News for several weeks.
The Adopt-a-Tree application needs streamlining; the bullet points on the application need to be simplified. Carolyn Jacoby and Ian Keller will work on this.
The contractors who plant the Adopt-a-Trees need to plant to ANSI standards.

Oak Tree Dedication
The oak tree dedication for pollinator week is set for June 20, 2018.

Grants
The STC needs to research which grants should be applied for. The village grant writing firm will do the actual application. Mike Sedon will try to find out why our grant application to Sustainable Jersey was denied.
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2018

 

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on April 17, 2018 by Andrew Lowry.

Present
Andrew Lowry, Michael Sedon, Dan Cramblitt, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Bron Sutherland, Declan Madden

Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for March 13, 2018 was made by Bron Sutherland, seconded by Ian Keller, and approved by all present.

CFMP Accomplishment Report
The report was completed by Andrew Lowry, Dan Cramblitt and Manish Shrimali. Although submitted after the published deadline, the report was accepted. Previous years’ CFMP accomplishment plans will be used as the basis for future plan objectives.

Graydon Tree
A replacement tree will most likely be planted in the fall after obtaining more recommendations about what species of tree to plant. The sycamore stump can be removed, the hole filled in, and grass planted until a replacement tree is chosen. The village council will announce the species of tree chosen.

Cahilly Lecture
The Graydon Sycamore Case Study lecture by Wayne Cahilly was very well received. Perhaps he can be invited back in the future to lecture on another topic.

Tree City and Arbor Day
A proclamation is needed from the village council proclaiming Arbor Day. The STC will have a table at the Earth Day event held in Van Neste Square on April 22nd. Information about the STC and Adopt-a-Tree will be available for residents.

CBD Tree Wells
Andrew Hillman of the Davey Resource Group is available at a cost of approximately $95/hour as a consultant for the CBD tree wells.

To be considered for improving the current tree wells are the following: larger wells or longer runs of open ground that would contain more than one tree, removal of the brick bands around the current tree wells, rubberized permeable mulch, and structural soil. Species of trees that do well in small spaces need to be researched. Gingko, hornbeam and honey locust are all currently doing well in the CBD.
Funds need to be allocated to improve the CBD tree wells and provide for watering of the trees. Possible sources for these funds are next year‘s village budget and funds from the CBDAC.
Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby and Dan Cramblitt will determine what needs to be covered in the consult with Hillman.

 Nursery
The potted trees need to moved into the furrows in the nursery and mulched. The pawpaw trees, which are not suitable as street trees, can be planted along the brook in the 700 block of Linwood Avenue.

New Members
Some residents have applied for membership in the Shade Tree Commission.

Grants
The village grant writers need to research available grants and organizations which have grants available. NJDEP website has a list of grants. The STC can then choose which grants should be applied for. Andrew Lowry will follow-up on this process.

Adopt-a-Tree
Nancy Bigos, director of Parks and Recreation, has determined there will be a May planting of adopt-a-trees this year. Currently, the application for adopt-a-tree has a June 30th deadline for fall tree planting. Fall is the best time to plant trees. Dan Cramblitt will discuss the May planting with Ms. Bigos.

Bee City Proclamation
Ridgewood is the first Bee City in New Jersey. One of the newly planted oak trees will be dedicated in honor of bee pollinator week.

Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2018

 

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:30PM on March 13, 2018 by Andrew Lowry.

Present
Commission members -  Andrew Lowry, George Wolfson, Melody Corcoran, Bron Sutherland, Ian Keller, Mike Sedon, Dan Cramblitt

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for February 13, 2018 was made by Ian Keller, seconded by Bron Sutherland, and approved by all present.

Graydon Tree

The Graydon tree topic will be tabled until more experts can be contacted for their opinions and input. Nick Polanin, Andrew Hillman and Jason Grabosky will be contacted.

Signage

Quotes from Ridgewood Press have not yet been received.

CBD Trees

Need to get CBDAC and both store and building owners on board with upkeep and replacement of CBD trees. Need to build enthusiasm and participation. Need an expert to design CBD tree wells, perhaps Jason Grabosky or someone he could recommend. There has been a positive response from street tree recipients after they saw the arborist personally trim and shape their trees; could this also work in the CBD? A plan to raise awareness in the CBD and recruit more STC volunteers is needed.

Budget

Every year $50,000 to $60,000 must be in the village budget for tree replacement.

CFMP Accomplishment Report

This report needs to be finished by 3-14-18. Keeping track of what was accomplished this year will make next years report easier to complete.

Speakers

The library auditorium is booked for Thursday, November 15, 2018. Speaker not scheduled yet. Two CEU’s will be awarded for Wayne Cahilly’s talk on April 10, 2018:

“Risk Assessment in Municipal Arboriculture: The Graydon Sycamore Case Study”

Nursery

At the next STC meeting a date will be set to move and plant the nursery trees in the nursery at the recycling center.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

Volunteer Hours March 13,2018 Meeting – 7.5 hours

 

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2018

Call to Order
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:40PM on January 9, 2018 by Andrew Lowry.

Present
Commission members -  Andrew Lowry, Melody Corcoran, Carolyn Jacoby, Michael Sedon, Ian Keller, Dan Cramblitt, Bron Sutherland

Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for November 14, 2017 and December 12, 2017 was made by Ian Keller, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

Graydon Sycamore
The sycamore on the island in Graydon Pool is a hazard. Wayne Cahilly, arborist NY Botanical Gardens, examined the tree, made an extensive report and recommended cutting down the tree and replacing it with a grove of 5-7 black locust trees.

STC Member Tree Pruning
Because of union conflicts, STC members cannot do any pruning of street trees. Issues of minor trimming such as a small broken branch or low hanging branch need to be discussed with the village attorney. Need a resolution to clarify this issue.

CBD Trees
A meeting needs to be scheduled with Ramon Hache, the village council, the Chamber of Commerce, the CBD Advisory Committee and any other business groups to discuss the CBD street trees.

Budget
The $9000 in the village budget for STC use cannot be used for anything else and will stay available until it is spent. There is no urgency to use it.
The 2018 budget should have a request for 200 gator bags. They would be used on newly planted trees for one year then stored and saved for the next year.

Spring Plan for CBD Tree Wells
Perhaps the above mentioned monies could be used for structural soil test tree wells in the CBD this spring. Ian Keller made a motion to hire Andrew Hillman to write specs for structural soil tree wells and to also suggest the type of trees to be planted. Carolyn Jacoby seconded the motion. If the fee for these specs is under $1000 no quote is needed, if over $1000 it needs to go out for bids.

Improving Adopt-a-Tree
Carolyn Jacoby will meet with Dan Cramblitt to work on a package of FAQs to be distributed to AaT customers in February and March. Applications for AaTs need to be received by June 30.

CBD Watering
Project Pride is paid to water in the CBD. Perhaps someone else, such as students on summer break could be hired, if the current watering plan is not working out.

Marketing
A subcommittee needs to be formed for marketing. Anyone interested should contact Andrew Lowry.

Grants
A grant is needed to fund the tree survey. Mike Sedon has contacted the village grant writer, Millenium Strategies, with a copy of last year’s grant application to Sustainable Jersey. Grants are also available through CSIP.

Nursery
The stakes and fencing are up. Furrows to plant the trees in will be dug in the spring.

Speakers
Speakers need to be funded. It was suggested that Wayne Cahilly be asked to speak. His talk could address the Graydon sycamore and the techniques he used to evaluate the tree. Pruning was suggested as a topic for another speaker.
Talks should be scheduled on Thursdays so that there is no conflict with village council meetings.

Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

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